Danny Murphy Warns That Spurs Could Have to Spend £100m Replacing Centre-Back Pair

Danny Murphy Warns That Spurs Could Have to Spend £100m Replacing Centre-Back Pair

​Danny Murphy has claimed that Spurs could be forced to spend around £100m to replace Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen if they cannot tie the pair down to new contracts. 

Both Belgian defenders are in the final year of their respective contracts, although there is an option for the club to extend the former’s contract by a season, and the club could be forced to accept cut-price exits for one of both of their star centre-backs. 

Speaking to ​bwin, Murphy insisted that ​Spurs should shell out the money that the pair are looking for in order to keep them around – for financial reasons as much as footballing ones. 

“It would make financial sense to give Vertonghen and ​Alderweireld the contracts they’re looking for,” he said. “Daniel Levy won’t make the mistake of letting top-quality players leave for free like Arsenal have done a few times, but it would cost a fortune to replace them.

“Tottenham would be looking at spending £100m on new central defenders when you look at Virgil van Dijk’s impact at Liverpool. That will cost a lot less than an improved contract. I can only think that a potential domino effect is what’s stopping them, where every player would be knocking on the door for more money.”

​​Vertonghen is likely to be out until next month with a hamstring injury, an absence which meant that Juan Foyth started Saturday night’s late kickoff against ​Wolves

Those hoping that he would prove to Mauricio Pochettino that there is life beyond his Belgian titans were disappointed, as Foyth gave away two penalties in a nervy second half. 


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